Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund (ILBF) has launched its first call for 2016. The deadline for the first call is 12 noon on Friday 18th March 2016.

In a recent review of the programming output of the ILBF, the ILBF investment Committee indicated a wish to see more content targeted at children and content with particular relevance or appropriateness to Irish Language Learners.

The fund would welcome any enquiries in the interim period and would also encourage independent production companies who liaise with the broadcasters who have shown an interest in developing programme ideas, namely BBC NI, TG4 and RTÉ.

Aims of ILBF

The aims of the Irish Language Broadcast Fund are to promote the broadcast and production of quality Irish language content for an audience in Northern Ireland and beyond and to help grow the Irish language production sector in Northern Ireland.

Who can apply?

The fund is open to any Northern Ireland based production company. We also consider co-productions where at least one of the production companies is based in Northern Ireland. Emphasis should be placed on maximum used of Irish speaking Northern Ireland cast and crew.

General information on applications to the ILBF

  • The minimum Irish language requirement is 75% of the spoken word.
  • All programmes should appeal to a Northern Ireland audience.
  • Given that successful projects require support from both a broadcaster and the ILBF fund, we encourage early dialogue with both the fund and the relevant broadcaster.
  • Contribution to the stability and sustainability of Irish language independent production sector in Northern Ireland
  • All funding applications will be considered & ultimately be decided by the Investment Committee members.
  • The ILBF will organise a minimum of two and a maximum of four funding rounds in 2016/17. (this will be assessed on available funding )

If you are considering applying for funding please contact Head of the ILBF, Áine Walsh to discuss the project  or +44 28 90232444 or


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